Sadly, the Mets have released Jose Valentin as well as Tony Armas, Jr. and Junior Spivey. At 39, Valentin doesn’t have too many options available to him to continue his MLB playing career. He may be able to catch on with a lower-level team looking for a utility man/veteran leader type of player.
I’m sure that Valentin asked to be released so he could look for a big league job elsewhere. He had a great season in 2006 for the Mets but has been slowed by neck problems over the past two seasons.
Tony Armas, Jr. and Junior Spivey have also been released. I don’t think that either player would have been a factor for the big-league club. But both of them could have filled out the roster at Triple-A Buffalo if they were needed.
Armas did get into three games with the Mets last season but certainly isn’t a critical loss at the big league level. Spivey hasn’t played in the majors since 2005 and was brought in just a few weeks ago on a minor-league contract.
New York Mets (40-42 Road: 18-24) at St. Louis Cardinals (48-36 Home: 24-17) 8:15pm
Tony Armas, Jr. (0-0 0.00) vs. Todd Wellemeyer (7-2 3.46)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Tonight will be the first start of the season for Armas in the big leagues. He’s pitched well in Triple-A New Orleans. The Mets looked pretty lifeless last night so it’ll be interesting to see if they can rebound and show some energy.
Cincinnati Reds (14-21) at New York Mets (17-15) 7:10pm
Matt Belisle (1-2) vs. Mike Pelfrey (2-2)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The awful Reds come to town this weekend for a series that the Mets need for some easy wins. Matt Belisle has made three unimpressive starts for the Reds so don’t be surprised if the Mets get a good chance to heat up their bats tonight. The Reds do have some good young players but are just biding time until they can dump Ken Griffey and Adam Dunn at the trading deadline.
Cincinnatti’s Ken Griffey, Jr. called Bud Selig asking to wear Jackie Robinson’s #42 on April 15th. That’s the 60th anniversary of Jackie breaking baseball’s infamous color barrier. Selig embraced the idea, and allowed all 30 teams to participate for one day only. So far Torii Hunter, Barry Bonds, and Willie Randolph have publicly acknowledged partcipating. Former Met Mike Cameron will honor Jackie by wearing his number. All 25 Dodger players will also be wearing No.42.
Kudos to Griffey for the great idea. Currently, only Mariano Rivera wears Jackie’s number since it was universally retired 10 years ago. Rivera was grandfathered, having worn the number prior to it’s retirement.